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    Gain settings live vs recording

    I know when recording I use less gain cuz of multi tracking
    What about live. I tend to turn my gain up more live is that wrong?
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    How many guitarists are in your band? If you're a two guitar band, you will always sound better running less gain than you think you need.
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    Live I run about the same setting I use for recording. Pretty low. Im my band, we're like the Angus and Malcolm Young of industrial metal.

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    I tend to keep my gain a bit low, it doesn't sound like it's heavy enough on it's own but in a band mix it really helps for clarity and it's less likely to have feedback. When the whole band is playing and you have too much gain you'll get buried in the mix pretty easily. I have a small bit more gain for solos but it has extra volume and delay too.
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    I just go with as little gain as possible in both scenarios. It's better for your mix and your technique.
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    IMO, a lot of the "heavy" comes from attitude..... AKA having the balls to play with low gain, allowing the listeners to really hear the strings moving, the tubes working, the woods resonating..... basically, exposing the music and not hiding behind hot amps. Gain is nice... there is a balance somewhere. But error on the low side. It might not be as fun to play.... you'll have to work a little harder, but it can sound fantastic. And if your stage presence sucks, and lyrics suck, and everything sucks but the riffs... well, the last thing you want to do is make them mush behind too much gain.

    Nothing says your riffs are heavy and your balls are big like full exposure.

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    Haven't you asked this question before? lol.

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    I tend to add a little gain, but then I was playing in a shitty metalcore band the last time I was onstage. I get way better results out of my tone now with way less gain and actually mids. I'd probably just leave it where it is, as long as it sounds thrashy i'm good.
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